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Be Quiet (2005)

A simple car trip is beset by politically charged tension and a militarized reality.


Sameh Zoabi
3 wins & 2 nominations. See more awards »


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Credited cast:
Mahmud Abu-Jazi Mahmud Abu-Jazi ... Mahmmood
Alaa Aghbariya Alaa Aghbariya ... Ibrahim
Jameel Khoury ... Israeli soldier


On the surface, what could be simpler? A man and his son, who's about 11 or 12, drive home, stopping along the way so dad can check the water pipes on their plot of farm land. The boy has to pee, he has some questions about a recent family matter, and he wants to listen to a pop music tape. But this is Israel, Mohammad and his son Ibrahim are Palestinians, driving from the border of the West Bank to their home in Nazareth. Their car has Israeli plates, there are temporary checkpoints along the way, Ibrahim has something in his backpack that could get them in serious trouble. Mohammad speaks Hebrew, Ibrahim does not. Can they make it home? Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Short | Drama






Hebrew | Arabic

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January 2006 (USA) See more »

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Méroé Films See more »
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Remarkable vignette: human life in the West Bank and Israel
3 September 2009 | by Jasha HirshSee all my reviews

Excellent slice-of-life short film consisting of a brief voyage which for most people in the world would be of little consequence. But for these two Palestinians, father Mahmmood and son Ibrahim, it is a dangerous and difficult journey not only physically, but psychologically, as son and father together experience a bumpy ride toward the boy's political awareness and maturity on the one hand and, on the other hand, toward a more mature relationship with each other.

This remarkable short provides a poignant and accurate portrayal of life for Arabs in the area with perfect symmetry, setting out the physical and psychological space to be visited, and consequently providing an artful resolution, as life goes on and the developing relationship of father and son passes a milepost of mutual understanding, forever altered.

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